Northern Thailand Mountain Biking .From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, join us and experience our most popular mountain bike route over four days of great cycling from the hills of Chiangdao down to the Maekok river. Discover small villages and the ethnic hill tribes of Northern Thailand. Ride your sturdy mountain-bike through scenic areas with plenty of exciting trails and sights. Ride at your own pace on a well organized program, with full support of our dedicated local staff..
DAY 1: CHIANG-MAI TO CHIANGDAO
Monday (around 30 to 45 km cycling / 18 to 28 miles)
Around 8:30 am, pick up participants from various Chiang Mai hotels and drive north by covered pickup to Chiangdao region. Stop at elephant camp in jungle. Watch elephants bathing and demonstrating their skills. Explore the Chiangdao caves, part of a Buddhist sanctuary, followed by lunch in local restaurant.After the lunch and a short bike fitting, we start our ride through rural back roads, eventually turning into dirt trails, across a pristine landscape leading to small hill tribe villages. Visit Lahu, Lisu and Akha villages, and discover the Palaung people from Myanmar, with only a few settlements in northern Thailand. We finish our ride at the Palong village and near by Padeng Lodge, to spend the night. Enjoy a succulent Thai dinner served at the lodge.
DAY 2: CHIANGDAO TO BAN THATON
Tuesday (30 to 60 km cycling / 18 to 38 miles)
This morning we ride mostly off road through great trails and scenic landscape! The route is not too difficult and the escort vehicle is always near by. Morning distance is nearly 20 miles (30 km). Lunch stop and visit Buddhist forest temple and caves. Afternoon cycling around 15 miles (25 km), paved road, then car transfer to Ban Thaton for overnight.
Thaton is a small village located by the Burmese border on the bank of the Maekok river. Night and dinner at tourist class hotel.
DAY 3: BAN THATON TO CHIANG-RAI TOWN
Wednesday (45 to 60 km cycling / 28 to 38 miles)
Early morning, after breakfast, we cycle through the Maekok river valley, passing rice fields and plantations. We then follow an exciting trail winding it’s way along the river. Next we ride a local long-tail boat downriver, to reach a forest park and take our bike again, to continue cycling to a Karen village by the river. After a break, we continue cycling, or proceed by car to our Chiang-Rai hotel. Evening and dinner free at leisure. Eventually you can stroll around the night market, or try a reinvigorating Thai traditional massage.
DAY 4: CHIANG-RAI HALF DAY CYCLING LOOP, AND BACK TO CHIANG-MAI
Thursday (cycle between 20 to 40 km / 12 to 24 miles)
Cycling itinerary is flexible today and to some extent will depends on the season. We ride out of the city and follow the river bank to discover exciting new trails. Cycle a loop up the mountain village, and down the other side. Then more trails to reach a waterfall for a local lunch. Relax and shower at the waterfall before an overland transfer back to Chiang Mai (3 hours+) with our vehicle. Arrive around 7pm and drop off at your hotel.
Group departure every Monday – Private departure upon your inquiry
The price : Contact Us
- Transfers as mentioned above by private air conditioned car
- English speaking tour guide
- Accommodation in tour
- Bike and helmet
- Meals as mentioned in program
- Entrance fees
- Water and snack for biking day
- Beverages, guide tips and personal expenses
- “Hall of Opium” museum entrance fees (optional visit, to be paid locally)
- Compulsory Gala Dinner at hotels (only during festive periods)